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Goldendoodle Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Goldendoodle so you can get to know the breed more.

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OriginUnited States Canada
Other Names
What other names does the Goldendoodle have? The dog breed also known as...
Curly Golden, Curly Retriever, Goldenpoo
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Cross Breed
AKC Group
Is Goldendoodle recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Goldendoodle recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Goldendoodle breed?
American Canine Hybrid ClubDesigner Breed RegistryDesigner Dogs Kennel ClubDog Registry of America Inc.International Designer Canine Registry
Price
How much does the Goldendoodle puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Goldendoodle price:
600-800
If you choose to purchase the Goldendoodle, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Goldendoodle for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Goldendoodle gets to a happy place.

History

The original Goldendoodle is a hybrid cross between a Golden Retriever and a Poodle. The exact date of conception is unknown but it is thought they were first bred in the 1960s. This breed originated in Australia and North America during the 1990s and was bred in hopes of creating a guide dog that was suitable for people with allergies. Combining the gentleness and trainability of a golden retriever with the low-shedding, hypoallergenic coat of the standard poodle was the perfect combination. The idea was also inspired by the breeding of the Labradoodle, a Poodle and a Labrador Retriever hybrid, which fall out in the late 1990s. Others believe that the Goldendoodle was developed in order to correct the issues that were found in the Australian Labradoodle.

As the breed became more and more popular, it was a smashing success, requests for different sizes and colors became common. Today there are four categories for sizes including petite, mini, medium, and standards and they also come in a variety of colors and coat patterns. However to be able to fully understand this breed we need to look at the history of both parents.

As we already know, the Poodle is famous for its low-shedding coat and this is one of the reasons why this breed is so often crossed. Its origins can be traced back to ancient times and it is thought that they were first bred in Germany. Some people also believe that the word ‘Poodle’ comes from the German word “puddle” meaning to splash in the water. In the meantime, the Poodle became quite famous, especially in France, like a duck hunting dog. However, throughout history, this breed has been used for many other jobs besides hunting, for example in circus, court, and companion dog for the rich and also for rescue.

On the other hand, the Golden Retriever was developed in Scotland, at the highland estate of Sir Dudley Majoribanks, also known as Lord Tweedmouth, during the mid-19th century. According to researchers Sir Dudly had a yellow coated retriever, Nous, who then he bred to a Tweed Water Spaniel by the name of Belle, and four beautiful golden puppies were born. He wanted a dog who was excellent for hunting but with a gentle and sweet temperament. However when the Golden Retrievers were first registered at a kennel club, they were being called ‘Golden Flat-Coats, and their name was only changed in 1911. They quickly gained popularity in the USA as well.

Both parents score in the top 5 of the smartest breed, so they passed on excellent genes to their offspring. The Goldendoodle is an extremely social, outgoing, and non-aggressive dogs. They are the perfect candidates for service work as well as family pets.

General Appearance

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Goldendoodle size:
Large
Weight
How much does the Goldendoodle weigh? Goldendoodle weight:
Miniature: 15-30 pounds (7-14 kg)Standard: 45-100 pounds (20-45 kg), Medium: 30-45 pounds (14-20 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Goldendoodle? Goldendoodle average weight:
Miniature: 22.5 pounds (10.5 kg)Standard: 72.5 pounds (32.5 kg), Medium: 37.5 pounds (17 kg)
Height
How tall is the Goldendoodle? Goldendoodle height:
13-24 inches (33-61 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Goldendoodle average height:
18.5 inches (47 cm)

Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the Goldendoodle have? What does this canine coat look like?
CurlyWavySmoothStraight
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Goldendoodle's coat?
BlackGrayWhiteBrownRedYellow
Grooming
How to groom the Goldendoodle and how often?
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition. The Goldendoodle requires grooming on a daily basis. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer is essential. Everyday brushing of the dog's coat is necessary to reduce shedding. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Dog nail trimming and dog bath should be on a weekly schedule. Taking good care of your Goldendoodle is time consuming and requires excellent grooming skills. If you don't have the time and skill search for the best dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment. Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk in dog bath places nearby.
Shedding Level
How much do Goldendoodle dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Curly Golden? Goldendoodle shedding level:
Goldendoodles shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.

Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Goldendoodle have? What characteristics does the breed have?
EnergeticIntelligentFriendlyTrainable
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Goldendoodle? Are they intelligent?
Average: Goldendoodle's has average obedience intelligence. Patience is needed for teaching this breed to any tricks and commands though, but it's worth the effort. They understand and memorize new commands in 25-40 repetitions. This breed obeys for the first command 50% of the time or better.
Trainability
Are Goldendoodle dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Goldendoodles are very easy to train. They easily find out the association between commands and actions.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The Goldendoodle is a playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Goldendoodle sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. Goldendoodles don't tolerate irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits really well. They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
Goldendoodles are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and considered as a great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Curly Golden need? Goldendoodle social needs:
Goldendoodles need for social interaction is average. This breed likes being around people or other animals, but they don't mind being left alone for a few hours either.
Barking
Do Goldendoodle dogs bark a lot? Why does my Curly Retriever bark?
Average: The Goldendoodle barks occasionally. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and same barks could have a different meaning. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Goldendoodle good as a watchdog?
Goldendoodles are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but the observation isn't considered as their main job.
Territorial
Do Goldendoodle dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
Goldendoodles are not the best to protect their territory. Better to have the protection of your house and property supervised by others.
Biting Potential
Do Goldendoodle bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Curly Golden? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Goldendoodle? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The Goldendoodle has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Goldendoodle do?
Goldendoodles have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Goldendoodles need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Goldendoodle to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Goldendoodle roam?
Goldendoodles have average wanderlust potential. Sometimes they like to explore the world and they might escape once or twice, but usually, they prefer staying safely at home. Safer to teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Goldendoodle have high prey drive?
Goldendoodles have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Apartment Friendly
Is Goldendoodle good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Goldendoodles are very apartment-friendly dogs. Besides the daily walk outside they don't require a big garden.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Goldendoodles adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner. With proper socialization and quality time with the dog can solve this problem.
Fighting Dog
Where Goldendoodle dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they friendly with strangers?
Goldendoodles are very stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are Goldendoodle dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Goldendoodle and children:
Goldendoodles are very kid-friendly dogs. This breed enjoys being surrounded by children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Goldendoodle dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats?
Goldendoodles are cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Goldendoodle good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Goldendoodle dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Goldendoodles are very dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Goldendoodle can be a great choice.
Office Friendly
Are Goldendoodles good office dogs? Do Goldendoodles make good office friendly dogs? Can Goldendoodles be office dogs?
No
Goldendoodle is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Goldendoodle dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Curly Golden temperament with senior people? Are Goldendoodle dogs good for elderly owners?
Goldendoodles are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Goldendoodle dogs get along with other pets? Are Goldendoodle dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Goldendoodles are usually friendly towards other pets.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Goldendoodle breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
No
Goldendoodles are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Goldendoodle be a service dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Goldendoodle is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Goldendoodle be a therapy dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Goldendoodle is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Goldendoodle be a sniffer dog?
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Goldendoodle is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Goldendoodle be a search and rescue dog?
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Goldendoodle is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Goldendoodle be a boat dog?
Not really
Goldendoodle breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Goldendoodle be a drafting dog?
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Goldendoodle is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do Goldendoodle dogs have health problems?
Goldendoodles are commonly healthy dogs. Vet costs aren't expensive with this breed.
Health Problems
What health problems does the Goldendoodle breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Goldendoodle breed? Health risks of Goldendoodle:
Addison's DiseaseAllergiesBloatCataractsHip DysplasiaProgressive retinal atrophy (PRA)Subvalvular Aortic StenosisVon Willebrand's Disease
Life Expectancy
How long do Goldendoodle dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Goldendoodle be?
10-15 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Goldendoodle breed hypoallergenic?
No
Goldendoodles don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Goldendoodle have?
Goldendoodles have a higher energy level than other dog breeds. If you want a dog for snuggling on the couch, this breed isn't the perfect choice for you.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Goldendoodle dogs require per day?
Goldendoodles need quite a lot of exercise. Daily walks should be on schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Goldendoodles are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Goldendoodle need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
1.5 to 2 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two or three meals.
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Goldendoodle risk for obesity:
Average. The Goldendoodle has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Goldendoodle's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Low
The Goldendoodle has a low chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the Goldendoodle drool?
The Goldendoodle is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Goldendoodle could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimal compared to others, just like the Goldendoodle. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does this dog pregnant? How long does it take to have puppies?
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Goldendoodle: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Goldendoodle have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Goldendoodle have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
4-8 puppies

Pros & Cons of Goldendoodle

Pros
  • Trainability: Goldendoodles are very easy to train.
  • Health Issues: Goldendoodles are commonly healthy dogs.
  • Apartment Friendly: Goldendoodles are very apartment-friendly dogs.
  • Drooling tendency: The Goldendoodle is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
  • Stinkiness: The Goldendoodle has a low chance of bad smell.
  • Mouthiness: Goldendoodles have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Adaptability: Goldendoodles adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Goldendoodles are very kid-friendly dogs.
  • Cat Friendly: Goldendoodles are cat-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Goldendoodles are very dog-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Goldendoodles are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Cons
  • Hypoallergenic: Goldendoodles don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Grooming: Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
  • Office Friendly: Goldendoodle is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Goldendoodles are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

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  • Goldendoodle Owner

    May 10, 2021, 2:18:34 AM:

    My puppy is awesome, except for the fact that she play-bites a bit. Otherwise, she is perfect!

  • Doodle

    Dec 20, 2020, 4:42:24 PM:

    Good dogs, but a bit overrated.

  • Sara

    Dec 17, 2020, 4:22:08 PM:

    My puppy does not drool at all, and she rarely barks. She is a F1B but not hypoalergenic. She is great with kids.

  • H

    Oct 28, 2020, 5:56:44 PM:

    Great with children.

  • Kseniya

    May 14, 2020, 5:53:22 PM:

    Very sweet and playful. Best companion dog and very easy to train. Very gentle with other dogs and rarely barks.